Ever wonder why old barns are red in color? Red was a popular color, not due to the color shade but due to its usefulness. One hundred years ago ,choices for paints ,sealers and other building materials did not exist. Farmers had to be resourceful in making a paint that would protect and seal their wooden barns.. The mixture most often started with linseed oil( derived from flax and orange in color).To this oil they would add a variety of things, such as milk, lime and ferrous oxide or rust. Rust was plentiful and because it killed mosses and fungus it was very effective as a sealant for their barns and it turned the mixture red ! School houses followed suit and many modern day barns are painted red to carry on this tradition, the legacy and memory of times gone by. The red remaining in this Pacific Northwest century old barn is ferrous oxide .Over the years the interior timbers decayed with time and use. The roof leaked, and windows were broken. The exterior walls stand intact, remarkable!
February 14th, 2021
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